Hate cleric Abu Hamza is set to be fitted with a SPOON to replace his famous hook, it was revealed last night. Hamza may be given a “spork” — a cross between a spoon and fork, normally favoured by campers. The radical preacher, 54, is facing 11 terror charges in the US after finally being extradited from the UK last year.
Hamza, who lost his hand and an eye in an explosion in Afghanistan, has been fuming since he was stripped of his metal hook by US jail staff because it was a security risk. His lawyers say he is unable to use toilets properly and can’t turn taps on or off.
Now they want him to have a new prosthetic hand with a “spork”. Lawyer Lindsay Lewis said: “We’ve been trying for five months now to get our client a better prosthetic limb but they keep changing the time lines. It’s very frustrating for him. He finds it hard to eat, use the bathroom and even turn on the hot and cold taps.”
His legal team are also demanding a LAPTOP so he can work on his defence from jail. Meanwhile, prosecutors say they are only half-way through probing evidence against him. They say they have to plough through 3,240 audio cassettes, 670 videos, 619 computer discs and 340 DVDs.
Egypt-born Hamza is facing a string of charges including kidnapping in Yemen and trying to set up a terror camp in the US.
He will go on trial in New York next year and faces life in jail if convicted.